In one of the biggest pieces of American airline news this year, United Airlines recently announced that it will completely move out of New York’s Kennedy International Airport in October and transfer its planes in its hub at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport. Although this transfer will only see 15 planes moved, it is nevertheless a result of the airline’s failure to profit from their flights, which service transcontinental routes to San Francisco and Los Angeles. United has sold its JFK slots to Delta Air Lines, and Delta has sold its Newark spots to United (though this is still pending approval), making for a location swap that lessens direct competition between the two airlines and bases all of flights to and from California in Newark.
For United travelers, this change primarily means two things: easier connections and premium cabins. United operates 500 flights daily out of Newark, including a number of transatlantic routes; the airport change makes it easier for passengers flying from California to continue their international travels, as well as the opposite—for foreign travelers to connect onward to California—without changing airlines. And secondly, all passengers flying to and from the West Coast can now book premium-class seats. United’s Boeing 757s, which offer United BusinessFirst class, have prior been stationed at Kennedy, making them unavailable for passengers who needed to connect through Newark. These aircrafts offer amenities often only available on international flights, such as gourmet food, lie-flat beds, Wi-Fi, power ports in ever row, and more legroom in Economy Plus than any other carrier. Along with these features, United’s premium services also include club access; pre-departure beverages; and check-in, security screening, boarding, and baggage handling services—all of which the carrier has bundled into what it calls its “p.s.” Premium Service.
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